TEAM CHRIS

TEAM CHRIS

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Challenge: Getting up from and down to floor to play with his baby

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Meet Chris:

Army Veteran, Chris, has limited mobility and struggles with pain management. As a result, he worried that he would not be able to participate in his newborn daughter’s life and asked for a solution to help him to move between a sitting and standing position from the floor.

“The challenge is important to me for multiple reasons, most of all because my wife is due in July with our first child. I want to be able to be active in my child’s life, to be able to get down on the floor and play with my baby. The thought of having to play spectator to my child's childhood is the motivation to take advantage of any opportunity that may improve my mobility.

I’m hoping that through this program not only that we are able to develop something that helps but also that I am able to learn more about things I can do on my own. I am beyond grateful for the opportunity the program presents.”

Meet the Team:

Scott Rawlings (Tenneco / DRiV), Angela Payton (VA), Emily Szabo (Case Western Reserve University), Chris Carter (Veteran participant), Shonda Carter (wife), Aidan Friederich (VA, Case Western Reserve University), Mike Tracz (Balance Innovation & Design), Jason Grenfell (VA)  Not pictured: Michael Fugate (Cleveland State University)

Scott Rawlings (Tenneco / DRiV), Angela Payton (VA), Emily Szabo (Case Western Reserve University), Chris Carter (Veteran participant), Shonda Carter (wife), Aidan Friederich (VA, Case Western Reserve University), Mike Tracz (Balance Innovation & Design), Jason Grenfell (VA)

Not pictured: Michael Fugate (Cleveland State University)

The Solution: Dual Functioning Cane

The team invented a novel cane with four legs, three of which are deployed by a quick release mechanism for lateral support. This creates four contact points with the ground when the device is fully open, or in “play mode”. The device also functions as a traditional cane when erect, or in “walk mode”.